In this post, I describe 3 strategies Gen Xers take for granted when attempting to create a new lifestyle. Generation X is a hard-working generation, and we don’t always want to wait for the things we want in life. In this post I describe how to take an honest look at the gap between your reality and your goals, so you can discover a new way of living.
Which strategies are Gen Xers overlooking?
Strategy 1: Manage your mind
In my blog and podcast, I discuss the concept of managing your mind frequently. The philosophy behind the idea is that your thoughts control your feelings and behaviors, which lead to your outcomes. It proposes that you must change your thoughts to get different results. The practice begins by observing which of your thoughts creates the feelings and behaviors that help you gain your desired outcome.
I don’t want to oversimplify this technique because it requires practice. But you can start by paying attention to which of your thoughts work for you and which don’t. If you want to help strengthen your mind management skills, download a copy of my worksheet, The Show Up Report. I created the worksheet for Gen Xers to help them identify which of their thoughts are keeping them stuck.
Strategy 2: Create a plan
The second strategy is to create your initial transition plan. This is the most exciting part of the journey because everything you include in your plan should be unique to your life’s circumstances. When I was preparing to leave the states to move to Puerto Rico, I carefully ordered my steps. I imagined every possible scenario I might encounter, including:
*How long I could go without earning income
*How much savings I needed
*What I would do if I had to return to the mainland unexpectedly
WARNING: When creating your plan, don’t lose sight of what's really important. You won’t be able to predict every scenario. The important thing is that you are thoughtful, honest, and mindful about your life’s goals and what actions you must take to reach them. Otherwise, you’ll get lost in your plan, and that’s a major distraction that you can avoid.
Strategy 3: Get busy!
The last tip is to take one step daily towards your goals. Your actions don’t have to be grand. They can be small but mighty. Let’s say your goal is to gain financial freedom, which means paying down old debts. Maybe you skip Starbucks a few days a week to save money. Or perhaps you cook more at home instead of eating out. You get the point here. Do one thing daily that brings you closer to living the life you yearn for.
WARNING: Again, I want to caution you here, Gen Xers. I know you’re a generation of overachievers, and you have perfectionist fantasies. Perfection is not going to help you reach your goals. If you’re focused on getting everything right, you’ll miss out on learning important lessons. So, commit to doing something each day that helps you learn how to closer to enjoying the freedoms you crave in life.
Implementing these simple strategies won’t cost you a single penny. And you can get started TODAY! So, why are Gen Xers overlooking these practical approaches to living a more fulfilling life?
What’s keeping Gen Xers stuck?
I’ve learned from my work with Gen Xers is that they lack awareness in the areas required for change. These areas include knowing these 3 things:
1. An effective plan
2. A lack of awareness of potential challenges
3. Understanding where commitment levels may decline
A clearly defined helps you close the gap between your starting point and your destination. But most Gen Xers that I’ve worked with never developed a plan to make their lifestyle transition. This is the equivalent of searching for buried treasure without a map. If this sounds like you, then your first step to creating a plan that helps you get clear about the lifestyle you want to enjoy.
The second area involves identifying potential obstacles ahead of time. For instance, if you want to change careers, knowing which skills and qualifications you need helps you prepare for the transition. That might mean returning to school to upskill or accepting an entry-level position in your target field where you can develop your skills. Moreover, front-loading your obstacles strengthens your plan and improves your chances of success.
The third area is all about knowing your limits. What are your boundaries? What are you willing to negotiate? What are you unwilling to give up? If you answer these questions in advance, you’ll reach a better understanding of where you could potentially fall short. Identifying the circumstances in which your commitment level could decline helps you manage your mind when those situations occur.
Here’s the big takeaway–know what you’re working with. That means managing your mind, creating your plan, and executing it daily, so you understand how you’ll respond to doing the work that gets you where you want to be.
If you’re ready to start your transition now instead of waiting until retirement, schedule a COMPLIMENTARY strategy session with me. During the call, we’ll explore the areas I’ve discussed in this post so you can begin living the life of your dreams.
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